Actress Keke Palmer was just at the premiere of Jordan Peele’s horror movie, “Nope,” in which she stars alongside “The Walking Dead” alum Steven Yeun, “Get Out” star Daniel Kaluuya, and more.
The film, written and directed by Peele, was released by Universal Pictures. The synopsis reads: “Caretakers at a California horse ranch encounter a mysterious force that affects human and animal behavior.”
The film will have a theatrical release this Friday, July 22, 2022. However, while she was at the premiere, it was another movie that the 28-year-old actress kept getting questions about.
Keke Palmer Reveals What She Knows About Bill Murray’s ‘Being Mortal’ Misconduct Allegations
Keke Palmer on production of Searchlight Pictures ‘Being Mortal’ pic.twitter.com/3Q5GmXw6ec
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Deadline caught up with the Emmy-award-winning actress at the “Nope” premiere and asked her about her role in “Being Mortal,” which was supposed to mark the feature directorial debut of comedian Aziz Ansari. Instead, the film shut down production on the set three months ago after “Groundhog Day” star Bill Murray was the subject of some troubling misconduct allegations.
In the interview, which can be seen above, Palmer said that she had a “wonderful time filming” and called Aziz Ansari “one of the coolest people that I ever met.” She said, “That was the coolest experience, but I don’t know anything more than that.”
Searchlight Pictures first announced that they were going to launch “Being Mortal” earlier this year, based on the nonfiction book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande. The movie was also supposed to star comedian Seth Rogen.
By April, the production team was already halfway through filming and the studio was trying to lock down a 2023 release date. However, someone complained that the “Ghostbusters” actor engaged in “inappropriate behavior” while on set, and the studio shut down production to investigate three months ago. Production on the shoot has still not resumed, and it’s unclear when or even if they’ll be able to finish the movie.
Although Keke Palmer wasn’t able to divulge any more details about what happened on the set of “Being Mortal,” Bill Murray did address the allegations when he sat down with CNBC in April.
Bill Murray Breaks Silence On ‘Being Mortal’ Misconduct Allegations
As Deadline reported at the time, Bill Murray sat down with CNBC at the 2022 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting at the end of April. He said that the incident boiled down to a “difference of opinion” with a woman who worked on the set, although it’s unclear at this time if the woman was an actress or a member of the crew.
“I did something I thought was funny, and it wasn’t taken that way,” Murray explained. “The company, the movie studio, wanted to do the right thing, so they wanted to check it all out, investigate it. and so they stopped the production. But as of now, we’re talking and we’re trying to make peace with each other. I think that’s where the real issue is, between our peace. We’re both professionals. We like each other’s work. We like each other, I think, and if you can’t really get along and trust each other, there’s no point in going further working together or making a movie as well.”
“And I feel like if I don’t see that, you know, the world is different than it was when I was a little kid,” he continued. “You know, what I always thought was funny as a little kid isn’t necessarily the same as what’s funny now. Things change and the times change, so it’s important for me to figure it out. And I think the most important thing is that it’s best for the other person. I thought about it, and if it’s not best for the other person, doesn’t matter what happens for me.”
Bill Murray seemed hopeful that he would be able to learn from what happened and that the studio will resume production.
“I really think that’s a really sad puppy that can’t learn anymore. I don’t want to be that sad dog and I have no intention of it,” he said. “I’ve, what would make me the happiest would be to, you know, put my boots on and for both of us to go back into work and be able to trust each other and work at the work that we’ve both spent a lot of time developing the skill of, and hopefully do something that’s good for more than just the two of us, but for a whole crew of people, a whole crew of movie makers. and the movie studio as well.”
Although the production of “Being Mortal” is up in the air, audiences can still catch Keke Palmer in “Nope,” out on Friday, July 22.